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By Robert S. Boyer
This booklet is a user's advisor to a computational good judgment. A "computational common sense"
is a mathematical common sense that's either orientated in the direction of dialogue of computation
and mechanized in order that proofs should be checked by way of computation. The
computational common sense mentioned during this instruction manual is that constructed by way of Boyer and Moore.
This instruction manual incorporates a detailed and whole description of our good judgment and a
detailed reference advisor to the linked mechanical theorem proving process.
In addition, the instruction manual features a primer for the common sense as a practical
programming language, an creation to proofs within the common sense, a primer for the
mechanical theorem prover, stylistic recommendation on easy methods to use the good judgment and theorem
prover successfully, and lots of examples.
The good judgment was once final defined thoroughly in our ebook A Computational
Logic, , released in 1979. the most function of the e-book used to be to explain in
detail how the concept prover labored, its association, evidence innovations,
heuristics, and so forth. One degree of the good fortune of the publication is that we all know of 3
independent profitable efforts to build the theory prover from the ebook.
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One subtle consequence of this restriction is that it prohibits mutually recursive definitions: if F1 is defined in terms of F l and F2, then a subsequent attempt to define F2 will fail because F2 is already mentioned in an axiom. We show how we get around this prohibition in the next section. Violating restriction 2, as in the following example "Definition. " (FN X X) = 2 yields "definitions" that fail to specify the value of the function on all combinations of arguments. For example, what is (FN 1 2) ?
APPEND Return the concatenation of the successive evaluations of BODY. COLLECT Return the list of successive evaluations of BODY. COUNT Return the number of times BODY evaluated to non-F. DO-RETURN Return the first evaluation of BODY—that is, return the value of BODY on the first element of the range for which COND evaluates to non-F. EXISTS Return T if there is an element of the range on which BODY evaluates to non-F. MAX Return the maximum of the evaluations of BODY. SUM Return the sum, as with PLUS, of the evaluations of BODY.
The dollar sign is affixed to make it easy to find references to the symbol in our theorem prover's source code. We will give the function a more permanent name when we are convinced it is a practical way to proceed. Recall that when we defined the illustrative function SUBST we saw the need for two mutually recursive functions: one to process a single term and another to process a list of terms. The first uses the second to process the list of argument terms in a function application, and the second uses the first to process the individual terms in the list.
A Computational Logic Handbook by Robert S. Boyer